The foreign Ministry praised the US announced sanctions against the "Nord stream — 2"

US statement on its intention to introduce new sanctions against the project "Nord stream 2" talking about the activity of the American forces, to impose on other countries its energy policy and its liquefied natural gas, Washington reduces the advantage of the competitiveness of European companies, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

Earlier, US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt that the new sanctions against the "Nord stream 2" may be adopted by the us Congress quickly, despite the election campaign. The purpose of new sanctions is preventing the introduction of the pipeline system. How will this be implemented in practice, the Ambassador did not elaborate, but one possibility may be penalties to companies that provide maintenance of the pipeline.

At the end of last year, the United States adopted defence budget for 2020, which, in particular, provides for sanctions against the gas pipeline "Nord stream 2" and "Turkish stream". Worked on the "Nord stream 2" Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of work on its construction, as a result, Russia is working on a project on their own. Germany criticized the sanctions against the project, noting that it considers "Nord stream 2" economic project and rejects extraterritorial sanctions. As stated at the briefing on Wednesday, Deputy spokesman of the Cabinet of Germany Ulrike Demmer, the government's position in relation to the "Nord stream 2" is unchanged.

"Nord stream 2" involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. Against the project actively advocate USA, in the EU promoting its liquefied natural gas